Holiday & Leisure

Tips on Travelling with Young Children

Ready, Steady…….Go!
ABTA – The Travel Association has some top tips as you countdown to your holiday, to help you have a smooth and fun filled trip with your children or grandchildren:
Right now

Make sure you have travel insurance from the date of booking you holiday and that everyone in the family is covered. You should also make sure that it covers any medical conditions and activities you plan to do.

10 days to go

Make a note of child friendly events, such as creative workshops, near your destination – you might find there are special deals if you book in advance. Also, if you plan on eating out, check for family friendly restaurants – particularly if anyone has special dietary requirements.

Nine days to go

Check if your accommodation offers the services you need e.g. cots, high chairs or childcare. If you booked with an ABTA travel agent or tour operator they can provide plenty of advice.

Seven days to go

If you’re travelling abroad and carrying prescribed medication, ensure it has the original doctor’s label with the patient’s name on it. Ask your GP for a letter if you have a lot of medication e.g: for allergies & asthma. Some countries have restrictions on medication, check the government’s Travel Aware website to see if there are any restrictions in your destination.

Five days to go

Prepare a fun pack with stickers, crayons or games to entertain your kids when you’re travelling and download their favourite films or apps so they’re ready to go.

Two days to go

Prepare your provisions – such as snacks, food, water, baby wipes and anti-bacterial hand wipes. Carry a change of clothes for your kids and for you, you never know when there might be a spillage or an accident!

On the day

If you’re travelling by car and have children who get car sick, travelling early in the morning means there’s more chance they will sleep. Make sure you take lots of bags just in case! If you are travelling by plane, give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport just in case there are any delays on the roads or rail. You might also want to give you child something to eat or drink during take-off and landing which will help them deal with ear popping.

You’re there!

Enjoy every minute and make memories with your family! Just remember, take particular care to supervise children when they are on balconies (e.g. be mindful of gaps and keep furniture away from the railings), or at the pool or beach – even when lifeguards are available. For more safety advice visit

Finally, if you’ve booked with an ABTA Member you can travel with confidence knowing you have access a range of support, protection and expertise should you need it.

For more information, visit the ABTA website.